Carolina Reaper/Banana Pepper Taste Test

The results are in (maybe not). Is it genetically possible for two distinct varieties of peppers to grow on the same plant? People have been patiently waiting for me to bite into the morphed red runt. I’ve grown the yellow banana for years and decided to cross it with the extremely hot Carolina Reaper. I … Read more

Dealing With Difficult Soil & Why Are My Tomato Skins Tough?

In this video, I will answer the following questions:

1. Are snow peas the same as Mange Tout
2. How to improve bad soil
3. Why are my tomato skins tough
4. You shouldn’t degrade people. Two wrongs don’t make a right
5. You must till in the compost to make it work
6. Will you send me some seeds Read More

Fertilizing My Plants and Pelleted Seeds Q&A

fertilizing plants

Today I will answer the following questions: 1. When it comes to large scale farming, you can only really plant in soil, right? 2. What’s the difference between soil and potting mix? 3. What are pelleted seeds? 4. What ever happened to your potatoes in the bucket I looked for a harvest video and I … Read more

Soil vs Compost, What’s the Difference?

I was watching a discussion on a popular garden forum between two well known seasoned gardeners. They were discussing the difference between “soil” and “compost”. One gentleman said that “soil” was anything consisting of decomposed matter. The other gentleman argued that “soil” was rocks and minerals. Well, for arguments sake, I’ll have to disagree with … Read more

Impossible Coconut Pie Recipe

This recipe has been in my family for decades. I remember my Mom making 2 or 3 at a time as it was so delicious, we as kids would gobble it up. The beauty of this pie is its simplicity. No need to make a crust. You place all the ingredients in a blender and … Read more

Do You Sell Seeds & What Planet Are You From? Q&A

In this week’s Q&A I answer the following questions: 1. Why are you wasting your time on bolting lettuce? Yank the crap out and throw it away 2. Why did you have the seat belt on? 3. Why don’t you sell seeds? 4. You ramble way too much 5. If you lay wood chips, you’ll … Read more

The Benefits of Growing a Vertical Garden

Before using the Greenstalk Vertical Grow System, I always believed the best way to garden was either directly in the ground or in raised beds. I never considered using any kind of vertical system. My reasons were varied. However, my greatest concern was crowding. I assumed that cramming too much into one space would certainly cause disease problems. Without proper circulation, I was just asking for trouble.

I was wrong

Since using a vertical grow system, I must say I ‘m convinced this is a great addition to my traditional gardening methods. I’m not advocating abandoning your raised beds or traditional in-the-ground garden. But I do suggest you give vertical gardening a try.

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Greenstalk Vertical grow system

Benefits of growing vertically

Air Circulation

One reason I resisted vertical gardening in a tower was air circulation. I thought putting too many plants together in one area would not allow proper air to flow around them. As it turns out, circulation is actually improved as each section is far enough away from the others so it’s not a problem. And the fact it is elevated actually helps with air flow underneath the unit.

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